Christian Tod
Renta Básica
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Renta Básica

Renta Básica

Christian Tod

90 min.
Germany and Austria
English and German
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

What would you do if your income were taken care of?



Christian Tod
Falk Möller
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
Peter Rösner

Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before - intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps. Fre lunch society provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation.

Globalization, automation, Donald Trump. The middle class is falling apart. One hears talk about the causes, rather than about solutions. Time for a complete rethinking: An unconditional basic income means money for everyone - as a human right without service in return! Visionary reform project, neoliberal axe to the roots of the social state or socially romantic left-wing utopia? Depending on the type and scope, a basic income demonstrates very different ideological visions. Which side of the coin one sees depends on one's own idea of humankind: inactivity as sweet poison that seduces people into laziness, or freedom from material pressures as a chance for oneself and for the community. Do we actually need the whip of existential fear to avoid a lazy, depraved life in front of the TV set? Or does gainful employment give our lives meaning and social footing simply because we haven't known anything else for centuries? And because we've never all had the freedom to self-actualise in other ways?

That basic income is a powerful idea is indisputable: land, water and air are gifts of nature. They are different from private property that humans create by their individual effort. However, when we receive wealth from nature, from the commons, then that wealth belongs to all of us equally. From Alaska's oil fields to the Canadian prairie, from Washington's think tanks to the Namibian steppes, the film takes us on a grand journey and shows us what the driverless car has to do with the ideas of a German billionaire and a Swiss referendum. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY, the first international film in cinemas about basic income, is dedicated to one of the most crucial questions of our times.

About the direction
Christian Tod

Christian Tod


Born in 1977 in Linz, Austria, Christian Tod is an accomplished economist, currently working on his...

Awards and festivals

Official Selection · CPH:DOX*
Denmark, 2016
Diagonale · Festivale of Austrian Film
Austria, 2017
Christian Tod
Renta Básica
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El documental Renta Básica hace un estudio de lo que supondría tener ingresos básicos por siempre jamás.

— Metropole

Miradlo si queréis haceros a la idea de un ingreso básico universal.

— Globe and Mail
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